Now that most college-bound athletes will be leaving for school this week or next, I thought it was an appropriate time to give some insight into the daily responsibilities and experience of a college student athlete. It’s important for athletes and families to realize that the School:Softball:Social ratio differs at each division, each conference, and most likely at each school. Here are some first-hand accounts of a day in the life of a college softball player.
For this week’s contribution, I’m sharing an article that covers the science behind the importance of aerobic training and development for strength and power athletes. This article is technical and I understand it doesn’t satiate the reader’s who are looking for exercises or “workouts”. I’m sharing this for the fitness and strength and conditioning professionals who are in charge of creating and implementing training programs.
This week, I’m delivering the final phase of our College Softball Summer Training program. In this post you will be able to download each of this program’s 3-phases to complete or take with you to school. In Phase 3, I’ve decreased the reps to focus on building strength, added a conditioning challenge at the end of each week and prescribed a de-load week to give you a break before the start of the fall.
This general concept is true of any pitching drill, but I want to focus specifically on arm isolation drills today. For those just learning to pitch, and those who are trying to switch to forearm fire style from something else, arm isolation drills are very important for learning the correct arm whip. However, it’s very easy to cheat at these drills—so easy, in fact, that you may be cheating without even realizing it! Are you unknowingly hurting your development?
If you’ve been busy all summer and have not had a chance to workout in preparation for your fall sport or season, you still have time left to get in shape. In this week’s video I demonstrate what I call the Fastpitch150, a “simple but savage” leg workout designed to improve leg stamina and overall conditioning. If you are worrying about “all the running” your college coach will enforcing this fall, or need to get in shape for another sport like soccer or field hockey, this workout is for you.
If this isn’t the number one question we receive via email and comments, it’s definitely at least in the top three. However, it’s not the question you should be asking. What you want to know is: how much should you CARE how your fastball is spinning?